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Andrea Branzi

October 24, 2015 – December 5, 2015


“The paper loses its flat surface and becomes deep;

similar to a thought, to a vibration, white on white background,

similar to a footprint on the snow, to a cloud over a cloud”. 

Andrea Branzi


GREAT DESIGN Gallery and Lithos editions are pleased to present the exhibition “Papiers”, a collection of new works by designer Andrea Branzi, to whom the Musée des Arts décoratifs et du Design of Bordeaux has recently dedicated a retrospective titled Pleased to meet you, 50 ans de création.


This exhibition consists of a series of 10 objects, unique pieces, made of paper, which could remind to vases/containers, whose purpose however is just evoked. They are possible-objects, deprived of their functionality (is there any useful object in the end?, questions Branzi), let free to express something else: poetic? pure contemplation? These objects are held up by stays, which become their anchoring, their adverb of existence in an imaginary grammar.


The contrast between the employed material (a precious French paper) and the formal result creates a universe of unrecognizable objects, which we wouldn’t know how to name. In dialogue with these vases-containers, 8 engraving (25x35cm, in 5 pieces + 3 EA) collected in a portfolio and 2 bigger ones (50x70cm, unique pieces). The viewer is invited to decrypt these “improvised” works, to plunge into their mystery, to read these images, neo-modern and neo-antique at the same time, as fossils of déjà vu experiences.


On the occasion of the exhibition opening, Marie-Laure Jousset, honorary curator of the Design Department of the Centre Pompidou talks with Andrea Branzi in an interview at VOLUME Bookshop.


Opening at GREAT DESIGN gallery

Saturday 24 October 2015

From 6p.m. until 9p.m.

65 rue Notre Dame de Nazareth 75003 Paris


Talk at VOLUME Bookshop

Saturday 24 october 2015 at 4p.m.

47 rue Notre Dame de Nazareth 75003 Paris

The lecture is free but seating is limited, so please register at


Photos copyright Marco Illuminati